How many of you have experienced the dreadful “writer’s block”? 

Every writer will experience this sooner or later. Eventually it will catch up with you. So, what can we do to avoid this?

1. When writing for a prolonged period, take frequents breaks. If you over tax your brain, without giving it a break, chances are strong you’ll run headfirst into a writer’s block. If you write for three hours, take a break at least once an hour. Get up and walk away. Even if it’s just to get a drink, or do the dishes, or start a load of laundry. This gives you brain a chance to relax and allows ideas to percolate in your mind. I’ve discovered some of my best twists during these breaks.

2.} Take the first 15-20 minutes to just brainstorm ideas. Even if you don’t use them, it exercises the mind and creates fertile soil for plot bunnies AKA ideas to shake free. If you find one you use, awesome! If not, it didn’t hurt anything. You might just use some of those ideas for future novels too.

3. Start by free writing for 15-20 minutes. Set your timer to 15-20 minutes and just write whatever comes to mind. It can be a description of the room around you, engaging at least three of the senses, a to do list, anything. Just write. You’d be surprised what comes out of these little sessions.

4.} Exercise your body and eat balanced meals. Exercising your brain helps creativity flow. It’s just as important to exercise your body and eat right. taking care of your health, will allow you to focus more clearly when writing.

5.Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, especially in the summer time, and eat.  Dehydration is never fun and can sap your creativity. Skipping food saps your strength and clouds the thinking process. {I’m guilty of this one myself when I get into editing mode.}

6. Don’t neglect your family and friends. Seriously, take time out to go for walks with them, or play a game. It will keep them from being so frustrated, and keeps you from working too hard.

7. Limit or banish all distractions.  This  leaves you free to focus on writing, or editing.

8. When editing, color-code things.  Use one for dialogue tags, a different one for actual spoken words, another for actions, and another for thoughts. It makes things so much easier and lets you spot right away if you’re relying too heavily on a particular method.  I use red for all the he/she, and character names too. You’ll be amazed how fast you see over usage of them.

One of my favorite tricks for breaking through a writer’s block is to have music that enhances the mood I’m trying to set, playing tin the background.

What are some of your favorite ways of avoiding, or breaking through writer’s blocks? What are some of your favorite tips that make editing easier? Don’t be shy, speak up. 🙂

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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

5 responses »

  1. […] Barton presents Writer Tip Wednsdays – Writer’s Block posted at Kitty’s Inner Thoughts, saying, “Writer’s  Block is something all writers […]

  2. Good tips, Kitty! I agree that free writing can help get things moving without pressure. Also physical self-care is important.

  3. mlegds says:

    I started writing short stories by free writing!

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